Wednesday, August 17, 2022

NASA's SpaceX Crew-5: Cosmonaut Anna Kikina with U.S. & Japanese Astronauts

NASA's SpaceX Crew-5: Cosmonaut Anna Kikina with U.S. & Japanese Astronauts

SpaceX Crew-5 are suited up and ready to participate in a crew equipment interface test (CEIT) at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Aug. 13, 2022. From left are Anna Kikina, mission specialist; Josh Cassada, pilot; Nicole Mann, spacecraft commander; and Koichi Wakata, mission specialist with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). During the CEIT, the astronauts will practice launch and docking in a high-fidelity simulator of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule. They also will practice getting into position inside the capsule. 

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 will be the fifth crew rotation mission of the company’s human space transportation system and its sixth flight with astronauts to the International Space Station for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Crew-5 will launch on the Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida no earlier than Sept. 29, 2022. 

NASA Astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada are going to the International Space Station no earlier than Sept. 29, 2022 alongside their crewmates, Koichi Wakata of JAXA, and Anna Kikina of Roscosmos.

Astronaut Josh Cassada Official NASA Biography

Astronaut Nicole Mann Official NASA Biography

Astronaut Koichi Wakata Official JAXA Biography

Cosmonaut Anna Kikina Roscosmos Info
Anna Yuryevna Kikina (Russian: Анна Юрьевна Кикина, born August 27, 1984, in Novosibirsk) is a Russian engineer and test cosmonaut, selected in 2012. She is the only woman cosmonaut currently in active service at Roscosmos. [Wikipedia]

An international partnership of space agencies provides and operates the elements of the  International Space Station (ISS). The principals are the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The ISS has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken.

Learn more about the important research being operated on ISS: 

Image Credit: SpaceX

Image Capture Date: August 13, 2022

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